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Give Ex-offenders A Second Chance, Says Chief Guest

Yellow Ribbon Project event chief guest Alisi Stark yesterday said that it was the public’s role and responsibility to give our support to offenders during their re-entry into the society.
21 May 2016 15:06
Give Ex-offenders A Second Chance, Says Chief Guest
L-R Fiji Corrections Service Chaplin Reverend Josefa Tikonatabua, the Community and Public Relations Manager of Vatukoula Gold Mine Alisi Stark and Commissioner of Corrections Commander Frances Bulewa Kean during the cake cutting ceremony at the Launch of the Yellow Ribbon Project in Vatukoula yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

Yellow Ribbon Project event chief guest Alisi Stark yesterday said that it was the public’s role and responsibility to give our support to offenders during their re-entry into the society.

Ms Stark who is the Community and Public relations manager of Vatukoula Gold Mine, was speaking at the launch of the Yellow Ribbon Project for the first time in Vatukoula, Tavua.

“We as the community need to engage in accepting ex-offenders and their families, giving them a second chance in life and to inspire a ripple effect to join their loved ones,” Ms Stark said.

“Although we face a lot of challenges, we should be firm in what we believe in and that is to give encouragement and support to ex-offenders.”

She said Corrections officers were working tirelessly in transforming lives of those under their care and the society needed to contribute positively as well.

“Eighty per cent of the work has been covered by Corrections Officers and the rest of the 20 per cent is in our hands and what we offer as members of the community to assist them in the work that they have done is very important,” she said.

“We need to change our mindset and work together with the Corrections Department and ex-offenders so that we can raise living standards and improve the lives of those released from Corrections institutions.”

She said Fijians needed to stand up as one, with one voice and send a clear message to the people of Fiji at large; that ex-offenders needed a second chance.

Commissioner of Corrections Commander Francis Kean was also present at the Yellow Ribbon Launch.

The event was launched at Vatukoula Ground in Tavua.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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